We’re all eating a little differently these days: Cooking at home more. Ordering takeout. Dining on patios. Whatever your comfort level, here’s what’s been going on in Boston’s restaurant world recently, plus a few ways to enjoy some of our region’s best restaurants and bars from both the comfort of your own home and out in the world.
Here’s what you may have missed this week:
These Boston-area beer gardens are now open for the season. Your next move: Sit in the sunshine and sip on locally-made brews.
Benedetto, a fantastic Italian restaurant in Cambridge, has permanently closed. “This news came as a complete surprise,” wrote Benedetto’s co-owners.
Want to switch up your usual order? Try these secret dishes from local restaurants.
This week, the Boston.com Cocktail Club tackled non-alcoholic drinks, including the Garden Mule and the Eastside.
More restaurants came out of hibernation recently, including City Winery Boston and The Kenmore.
In case you were wondering whether butterfly pea flower, often used in cocktails to create a deep purple hue, had exhausted its 15 minutes of fame, look no further than Daddy Jones Bar. The Greek-inspired restaurant in Somerville is now serving the Pretty Fly, a delightful drink made with butterfly pea tea vodka, lavender simple syrup, and yuzu bitters. Snag a spot on the backyard patio where you can sip on this spring libation and nosh on spanakopita and a fried clam gyro.
Eating and cooking alone, together:
Folks, it’s going to be 70 degrees on Saturday, which means you should probably find a way to spend most of it outside. I’m going to be working some fried clams into my Saturday plans, but you might want to head over to Dave’s Fresh Pasta in Somerville for a sidewalk barbecue shindig. From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the specialty market will serve chicken tinga tacos, smoked jerk chicken with Jamaican slaw, grilled shrimp kabob, and pulled pork sandwiches. Bonus: Spoke Wine Bar will be there, keeping everyone hydrated with beer, wine, and cocktails.
When the Rose Kennedy Greenway starts to come alive after a blustery winter, you know summer is imminent. Mark your calendar for May 1, when City Winery on the Greenway returns to Dewey Square with wine on tap, as well as beer, cider, cheese boards, and other snacks. On May 20, Trillium Garden on the Greenway will make its debut. In the meantime, you can stop by on Wednesdays to check out Summer Shack’s new food truck, which launched on the Greenway this week and offers a menu of hot and cold lobster rolls, fried whole belly clams, lobster pot stickers, Boston cream pie, and more. Catch the truck at Rowes St. and High St. on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at Ring St. and Milk St. on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
A couple weeks ago, I got to interview the women behind Gourmet Kreyòl, a Haitian food truck that was gearing up to make its Boston debut. This week, the truck finally launched, and I stopped by their Jamaica Plain location for a lunch of Haitian stewed chicken, fried plantains, rice, and their signature pikliz, a spicy pickled slaw that brings considerable heat to anything you slather it on. The tender chicken slides off the bone, and I can’t wait to come back for the fried pork and beet and potato salad. Gourmet Kreyòl is now operating at 137 Green St. on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 775 Harrison Ave. on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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